postheadericon Exciting Times For The Lansing Community Library

lcl_library-entry120This year has been full of popular programs and new initiatives for the Lansing Community Library (LCL).  As patron numbers continue to rise, so does the buzz in the community about the wonderful opportunities and resources that exist at LCL.

The library recently launched it’s first-ever logo contest.  The winning design, which will be featured on LCL newsletters, its website, and T-shirts, will be selected by the trustees and announced at the upcoming annual meeting April 28th.  Nearly 40 children and adults participated, submitting designs on the cover of blank books that depict what comes to their minds when they think of our local library.

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postheadericon Veterans and Community Members Run In Lansing

rao_logoThe weather was warm and sunny Saturday, rare for a Spring that wants to wallow in Winter.  That worked perfectly for Team RWB (Red, White & Blue), which held a 'Run As One' event on Lansing Center Trail.  A combination of 25 veterans and civilian community members ran two laps around the mile and a half trail.  Army veteran and Ithaca Team RWB member Jase Baese organized the event.

"It's social, community service and athletic events to help veterans reintegrate with their community after returning from service overseas.," he says.  "Team RWB is a national non-profit.  Our goal is to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them with their community through athletic and social events and community service."

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postheadericon Airport Manager Robert Nicholas to Retire

bobnicholas120Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Manager (ITRA) Robert Nicholas announced this month that he will retire as manager of the airport following 25 years of service. Born in Oxfordshire, England, you’ve probably heard his distinctive accent from his many radio spots for the airport over the years.  He became an American citizen in 1990. Nicholas is only the third airport manager since Tompkins County began its ownership of ITRA in 1956.

Nicholas and his family came to the Ithaca area in 1989 after he applied for the opening at ITRA and was offered the position. The job location aligned nicely with the Nicholas family’s interest in seeking out better schools for their young children.

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postheadericon $30,000 Challenge for SPCA

spcavan_120"I am so excited to announce that a warm hearted and very generous friend of the SPCA has offered us a challenge: She will match, dollar for dollar, every donation made between now and May 31st, up to $30,000! This ‘matchmaker’ is challenging our community to rally in their support of us,” says SPCA of Tompkins County’s executive director Jim Bouderau. “A $30,000 challenge at this time of year is crucial to our work in the upcoming busy summer months.”

In 2001 the SPCA of Tompkins County became the first open-admission, No Kill shelter in the United States and opened the first LEED certified Animal Shelter in 2004. Last year, the SPCA celebrated a milestone of saving the lives of over 30,000 companion animals since transitioning to No Kill. This May marks the 10th Anniversary of the completion of the Dorothy and Roy Park Pet Adoption Center and the shelter is planning events surrounding Celebrating 10 Years of Sheltering' for this anniversary.

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postheadericon Lower Cascadilla Gorge Trail Opens For The Season

casca_open_2012Cornell Plantations has announced that the lower section of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail will open to pedestrians, today, Friday, April 11, 2014.

The Cascadilla Gorge Trail, between Lynn Street and Stewart Avenue, is now reopened after being closed for the winter.  The trail weathered the winter relatively well, having only minor railing damage upon initial inspection.  Major repair work on upstream sections of the trail will commence this spring, with contractors starting where they left off last year, rebuilding the large staircase sections below the College Avenue Bridge.

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postheadericon Students Develop Leadership Skills and Global Awareness

ihs2012_120As the last bell rings, dozens of Ithaca High School students, coats and book bags in hand, pack themselves into English teacher Jeffrey Miller’s classroom and settle into desks. A student officer leads the group in a discussion about recent news of Hopi Indian masks being auctioned despite opposition from tribe members. Over the next hour, students voice a range of moral and legal arguments, citing historical cases dealing with cultural identity, imperialist powers, gender and racial minorities, affirmative action, and poverty.

This is just one example of the types of topics I.H.S. students research and discuss during weekly meetings of the Model United Nations club. The group of nearly 60 students simulates the work of UN ambassadors, debating issues on the UN agenda involving peace and security, human rights and global health.  This year, students have studied gun control, obesity and the Ukraine crisis.

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Pet of the Week

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We may not need mittens to keep our hands warm much longer, but Mittens needs you! She is about 11 years old and came to us when her owner passed away. She is a bit shy at first, but warms up to people quickly. Because of her shy nature, we recommend her to a home with patient, cat-savvy people that will give this girl the time and love that she deserves. Could you be her special person?

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